F/STOP Photography

F/STOP is a free photography program aimed at Mariposa residents 55 years of age and older. This program consists of a series of free, 5-week digital photography workshops focused on the artistic elements of photography and is designed to promote creativity, self-expression, and increase comfort with digital technology.


Photograph by F/STOP participant, Janet Burnside

Following safety guidelines, we’re thrilled to announce the return of F/STOP Photography workshops for Mariposa County residence 55 years and older! Two standard workshops are available as well as an advanced seminar-style workshop for seasoned participants. Spaces are limited, so please register today to save your spot, and note: only one workshop per participant. (See workshop descriptions below.)


Standard Workshops

Mondays, starting April 26
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. | 5-week in-person workshop
Held at the Mariposa Museum & History Center
5119 Jessie St, Mariposa, CA 95338

Wednesdays, starting April 29 
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. | 5-week virtual workshop
Held over Zoom Video Conferencing

Advanced Workshop

Mondays, starting May 10
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. | 3-week in-person seminar
Held at the Mariposa Museum & History Center
5119 Jessie St, Mariposa, CA 95338


Standard: Our standard F/STOP photography program incorporates instruction on the elements of art, lighting & composition, facilitated conversation about the field of photography and the work of famous photographers, and creative photographic assignments. These workshops welcome all participants, new and returning.  Participants will be invited (although not required) to edit and share their work with the community through a virtual (and eventually, physical) exhibition curated by the Arts Council.

Participants are welcomed and encouraged to use personal equipment/camera devices, but should also feel comfortable emailing their high resolution images to the Arts Council for workshop projects. If individuals don’t have a camera and/or computer or need technical assistance they may check-out a camera from the Arts Council ($100 deposit required). Contact Daisy at phillips@mariposaartscouncil.org or call our office at (209) 966-3155 to borrow equipment.


Advanced: Designed for individuals who have participated in F/STOP previously or feel comfortable with basic artistic principles and techniques, this course advances into creating compelling visual narratives and honing artistic voice. Participants should be comfortable with their camera and digitally sharing their images. This workshop will be an opportunity to share and discuss your work, network with other regional photographers, become more familiar with Photography’s canon, and sharpen your skills.

Please note – while technical aspects of photography will be part of the discussion, the workshop will primarily focus on the artistic elements and creating visual narratives.


Instructor | Cara Goger
In addition to being the Executive Director of the Mariposa County Arts Council, Cara is a teaching artist, curator and photographer whose work focuses on social practice and participatory design. Her teaching experience includes: 7+ years designing and implementing participatory photography programs alongside refugee and displaced youth with the AjA Project (San Diego) and a staff/teaching position in the Education Department at the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego). 


All in-person workshops will adhere to the current CDC and California State reopening guidelines. www.covid19.ca.gov


About F/STOP

F/STOP is a free photography program aimed at Mariposa residents 55 years of age and older. This program consists of a series of free, 5-week digital photography workshops focused on the artistic elements of photography and is designed to promote creativity, self-expression, and increase comfort with digital technology.

Generous support for this program comes from the California Arts Council’s Local Impact program and Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency.

The Local Impact (LI) program provides support for community-driven arts project for small and mid-sized arts organizations. This program fosters equity, access and opportunity for historically marginalized communities by cultivating community participation in art making, learning and exposure.


2019 Program:

During summer 2019, our Treetop Gallery held an exhibition featuring final projects from 2018/2019 F/STOP participants. This season’s F/STOP curriculum was inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and his use of photography to advocate for the causes he felt were important. In the spirit of Adams, participants utilized artistic techniques to effectively advocate for their vision of green spaces throughout Mariposa County through their photographic and poetic work.  

Many participants focused their work on the Mariposa Creek Parkway, a pedestrian pathway that will run the length of the town of Mariposa along the Mariposa Creek. Images from this exhibition will be submitted to the County as part of the public input component of this project. Other participants selected a personal advocacy topic, including themes of preservation, accessibility, and companionship. 


Past F/STOP Programs

2016 – 2017

2015-2016